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Six More Community Groups Join Lawsuit To Keep LICH Open

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Opponents of the proposed closing of Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital got some backup Friday.

Six more community groups have joined Public Advocate and candidate for mayor Bill de Blasio in his lawsuit to keep the hospital open.

The suit claims that administrators violated a temporary restraining order, which mandates that LICH remain operational.

Kate McKenzie, who lives four blocks away from LICH, said her husband suffered a heart attack while waiting to be seen at another hospital.

"He did not receive an aspirin. He did not get his blood pressure taken for one-and-a-half hours," McKenzie said. "That was at 3 p.m. At 10:30 at night, we actually learned he had a heart attack."

"This hospital has an immediate area it serves of 75,000 people. Seventy-five thousand in just the immediate area for whom this is an emergency room they can get to in a reasonable period of time," de Blasio said. "As we've said time and time again, in the case of emergency, minutes matter. Seconds matter."

SUNY Downstate, which runs LICH, says it's closing the hospital because it loses millions of dollars each month.

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